Jewish Journal

Jessica Steinberg

  • Passover in Palestine—memories of seders in an Israel on the cusp of statehood

    April 17, 2008 | 3:00 pm

    On the eve of Passover 1948, Rabbi Moshe Saks, known as Bud to his family and friends, was stationed in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood, trying to figure out how to get Passover supplies and ammunition to the embattled Haganah soldiers in the Makor Haim neighborhood.

    A rabbi from...

  • LimmudLA: 4,000 years of Jewish history in one hour

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    David Solomon
    With white butcher paper stretching around the room, David Solomon hurriedly scrawls timelines with his thick black marker, delineating 250-year blocks of time.

    "Dudes, don't try this at home," he jokes with the audience of mostly 20- and 30-something participants....

  • Black Eyed Peas and the Commitments rock the walls of Jerusalem

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie might have been knocked off the Egged bus billboards advertising the group's show at the Jerusalem Rocks! Festival because of her immodest dress, but the crowd enthusiastically welcomed her on Sunday night.

    "I heard that in the advertising for this...

  • Three Israeli entries vie for honors at 60th Cannes International Film Festival

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With three Israeli films competing at this year's 60th Cannes International Film Festival, running May 16-27, as well as several Israeli student films, Israel Film Fund director Katriel Schory credits the country's success to the "strength and power of our stories."

    The number of...

  • Minimalist Keret Reads

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Etgar Keret is coming to Los Angeles, but fear not. This brilliant young Israeli writer of his generation, a skillful satirist who seems to have a knack for expressing the emotions, thoughts and language of his peers, has not gone completely Hollywood.

    He has returned to fiction,...

  • Israel’s ‘grande dame’ grows up on the big screen

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is a scene in Dina Zvi-Riklis' award-winning drama, "Three Mothers," in which Gila Almagor, once a popular singer, stages a comeback concert to raise money for her sister, Yasmin, who needs a kidney transplant. At the start of the concert, she introduces herself as one of three...
  • Hashem, Allah and Jesus in Jerusalem

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The group stood in silence, heads bowed. The triumvirate of Catholic, Episcopal and Presbyterian ministers waited for responses within the prayer circle at the Cenacle (the upper room), the traditional site of the Last Supper, on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem.

    "I wish for peace among...

  • A Taxing Double Dip

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took Herb and Barbara Greenberg 10 years to realize their dream of making aliyah so they could live near their children and grandchildren.

    But when a long-debated tax reform goes into effect in Israel on Jan. 1, they may have to consider leaving.

    Many immigrants like the...

  • Can’t Stop ‘Moment’

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The entire cafe has been redone, from the tiled floor and free-standing square bar, to the newly installed bulletproof windows and replanted flower beds, but the effects of the March 9 bombing at the Moment cafe remain deeply etched in Maimon Amsalem's body and mind.

    The left side of...

  • Israel Counts Largest Death Toll

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It was a day of funerals, as Israel buried 14 victims from Sunday's suicide bombing attack in a Haifa restaurant.

    Three of Monday's funerals were from one family, the Rons, who were out having lunch at Matza, their favorite restaurant and a popular Haifa hangout.

    Carmit Ron lost...

  • Tourists Pass on Israeli Passover

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's known as the holiday of freedom, but Passover this year in Israel will likely be remembered for its sense of restriction.

    With a worldwide recession in progress and would-be tourists still wary of airline travel because of possible terrorist attacks, there will be far fewer...

  • Israeli Court: Liberal Conversions OK

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Non-Orthodox Jews both inside and outside Israel are celebrating a historic court ruling recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions as valid and binding upon the Jewish state.

    Given the complexity of Israeli society, however, Wednesday's ruling by Israel's High Court of Justice...

  • Israel Struggles to Find Enough Water

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Many Jews know that on Tu B'Shevat -- the Jewish new year for trees, which falls this year on Jan. 28 -- you can plant a tree.

    In the future, however, you may be able to buy a water certificate.

    Decades after the Jewish National Fund (JNF) began its famous effort to reclaim the Land...

  • To Stay or Go?

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Yossi Cohen, a Tel Aviv taxi driver, is taking it easy these days. He has been slicing time from his usual 10-hour shifts because there just aren't many clients out there. At the same time, he wouldn't consider leaving Israel for anywhere else.

    "What, I need to be a cabbie in...

  • Israel: Key Player in War on Terrorism

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the U.S. ally with the greatest experience IN fighting terrorism, Israel is likely to play a key role in the planned international war on terrorism.

    But its role is likely to be less public, working primarily with U.S. intelligence and the Defense Department, terrorism experts...

  • The Year In Review

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a year makes.

    A year ago at this time, just before Rosh Hashana, Israel still held out hope for peace with the Palestinians, even though they had spurned former Prime Minister Ehud Barak's unprecedented generous offer at the Camp David summit in July 2000.


  • Maccabiah Games Come to a Close

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The 16th Maccabiah Games ended with a lot of fanfare, flaming batons and fireworks -- and a sigh of relief from the organizers that the much-anticipated event had ended safely and without mishap.

    There were hundreds of police officers and soldiers surrounding the outdoor Jerusalem...

  • Let the Games Begin

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year's Maccabiah Games.

    "The Maccabiah makes a statement," said Spector, 31, sporting a yellow visor and green satin yarmulke...

  • Training for Terror

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Poli, an attorney from Munich who preferred not to give his last name, decided to train as a security officer after his best friend was killed in a terrorist attack in an Egyptian coffee shop.

    "I wanted some peace of mind, the knowledge that I could defend myself and my family, if...